Feb
20
2013

How to Stay Fit and Healthy

How to… Stay Fit and Healthy

It is estimated that around two-thirds of American people are overweight or obese, so it’s no wonder that many people want to get fit and lose the extra pounds. Staying fit and healthy isn’t always easy in a world where it’s quicker to grab fast food and drive to work, rather than find the time to exercise and cook healthy meals from scratch. But don’t worry – you CAN stay fit and healthy by making small changes to your daily lifestyle.

Get active

Maybe you don’t have time for the gym, but you can introduce exercise into your life in other ways. Remember, anything that gets your heart rate up can count towards exercise, even if it’s three 10-minute bursts each day.

  • Vacuuming, carrying heavy shopping bags or scrubbing the kitchen floor will all help to boost your circulation and burn calories!
  • Getting off the bus a few stops early provides a chance to incorporate a brisk walk into your daily commute.
  • Take the kids out on their bikes to let off some steam and enjoy the fresh air.

If you’re new to the idea of exercise, ease yourself in gently and remember to warm up before each session, to prevent muscular strains. Keep a Thera-Med Hot Pack handy to soothe aches and pains.

Eat right

We all know what we should be eating, but let’s be honest – at the end of a long day we don’t always feel like preparing a salad. A life without treats is not worth living, so you can still have the occasional cake or ice-cream if you try to eat healthily the rest of the time.

If you feel like you’ve over-indulged recently, try cutting back on those salty and fatty snacks that are full of calories with little nutritional benefit. If you suffer from digestive problems, try using Pepto-Bismol and limit your intake of rich foods. Make a snack-box of ready-chopped carrot and celery sticks and store in the refrigerator for when you need a crunchy snack. Curb your sugar intake by using Splenda sweeteners wherever possible.

Stay healthy

Stave off those winter bugs with Afrin Nasal spray or Vicks Vapo-Inhaler to reduce congestion and fight off the symptoms of a cold. Make sure you get plenty of rest to give your body chance to fight off the infection – you might be too busy to stay in bed, but try to have a few early nights and take it easy if you’re feeling under the weather.

Give your internal system a boost with omega 3 fish oils, which are essential for a healthy heart, joints and immune system. Try to include a range of fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily diet to prevent nutritional deficiencies, which can affect your health and appearance.

Hand-washing is essential to combat the spread of germs, so get the kids into good habits by practicing what you preach. Choose a gentle, moisturizing soap that is suitable for all the family.

 

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